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Monday, 23 September 2013 (3043150)
Time to save iconic sundial!
by Tom Martin

THORTON Parish Council has issued a rallying cry to try and urge residents to back plans to save an iconic sundial.

The monument, on Green Lane, dates back to around 1720 but it is believed it will soon be lost forever unless repairs are carried out.

An application was made to the Heritage Lottery Fund in February to get funds for the work but it needs the voice of local people to help push through the plans.

A councillor for the Thornton Parish Council, Ken Hounsell, said: “We made the application but the board informed us that in order to succeed, it needs to be of public interest.

”Therefore I will monitor and gather the opinions of local residents so we can then go back to the board and hopefully receive a grant.

“What I hope to do is stimulate sufficient interest locally to satisfy the lottery board so it realises that we have a viable project.

”I envisage involving local schools in future research of the sundial with a view to producing a small leaflet/booklet on our heritage sites to add further weight to our cause.

“If we don't act, the sundial will fall into disrepair and we will lose an important part of our national heritage”.

Meanwhile, Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson has also expressed the need to save the monument.

He said: “Thornton sun dial, and the stocks, are key historic landmarks in this area.

”I am told that the stocks date back to 1791 and the sundial dates back to 1720. That's nearly 300 years old.

“Because of their location on Green Lane, they are seen by thousands of people who drive past every single day.

”I fully support Thornton Parish Council in their bid to restore the sundial and make improvements to the surrounding.

“We need to not only protect out historic landmarks, but also celebrate our heritage.

”The sundial is a major part of the heritage not only of Thornton, but also the whole of Sefton.“


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